Humboldt State University Institutional Learning Outcomes

In the course of achieving competence in a major area of study, HSU students will acquire intellectual skills and knowledge of cultures, history, and the physical and natural world that will prepare them for fulfilling careers, for thoughtful and civic participation in a democratic society, and to work for sustainable, just societies. 

Specifically, the HSU curriculum ensures that all graduating students will achieve competence in the seven areas of concentration and assessment described below: 

  1. Equity and Social Justice: HSU graduates will be able to identify and evaluate systems of power and privilege and identify methods for creating diverse, inclusive, and racially just and equitable communities. 

  2. Sustainability and Environmental Awareness: HSU graduates will be able to explain how the functions of the natural world, society, and the economy depend on the resilience, sustainability, and conservation of ecological systems.

  3. Information Literacy: HSU graduates will be able to locate, evaluate, and employ information effectively and ethically for a wide range of purposes.

  4. Critical Thinking: HSU graduates will be able to critically evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts, and evidence to guide their thinking.

  5. Written Communication: HSU graduates will be able to develop and express ideas effectively in writing.

  6. Oral Communication: HSU graduates will be able to effectively communicate orally for informational, persuasive, and expressive purposes.

  7. Quantitative Reasoning: HSU graduates will be able to apply math concepts and skills to the interpretation and analysis of quantitative information in context.